Ken Yonetani was born in 1971 in Tokyo, Japan. He lives and works in Katoomba NSW, Australia. He received a Bachelor of Economics in Japan and worked in the Foreign Exchange Market in Tokyo for three years. Following this, he was an assistant for pottery master, Toshio Kinjo, oldest son of Jiro Kinjo a National Living Treasure of Japan. He completed his M.A. at The Australian National University School of Art in 2005. He has held numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2008 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. He was selected for the Australian contingent at The 53rd Venice Bienniale in 2009.

 

Julia Yonetani is an artist, writer, and researcher. She holds a PhD from the Australian National University, and has held positions lecturing and researching in History, Cultural Studies, and Art Theory at the University of New South Wales, Western Sydney University and the University of the Ryukyus, Japan. She has exhibited with Ken Yonetani at galleries such as the La Trobe Museum of Art, Melbourne, Jan Manton Art, Brisbane, and Campbelltown Arts Centre, and has published in publications such as Cultural Studies Review, Artlink, Art and Perception, Asian Studies Review, Japanese Studies, and Critical Asian Studies. In February 2010 she staged a bed-in with Ken at Federation Square, Melbourne. She has been involved in various environmental movements and represented Okinawan environmental groups at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in Amman, Jordan in 2000.

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